Diagnosis Errors

Scranton, Pennsylvania Errors in Diagnosis Lawyers

An error in diagnosis is one of the most common forms of medical malpractice.  Improper diagnosis occurs when the doctor confirms the presence of a disease when there is in fact none, or when a doctor doesn’t identify the presence of a disease at all when in fact there is one.  Undetected diseases can result in disastrous personal injuries, and even wrongful death.  A delayed diagnosis of cancer could result in the cancer spreading so widely it is beyond the help of medicine to repair.  Progression of a disease can result in significantly larger medical bills, pain, and suffering for the patient and his or her loved ones.

If you or your loved ones believe you have been the victim of a diagnostic error, call Caputo & Mariotti’s medical malpractice attorneys at (570) 342-9999, or use our online contact form.  With our many years of medical malpractice experience, we possess the skills necessary to fight for the just compensation you deserve.  We’ve represented victims from all over Pennsylvania, and we believe we can help you.

Commonly misdiagnosed injuries and diseases include:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Testicular cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Sepsis
  • Tuberculosis

Failing to diagnose a condition can be caused by a variety of factors, such as improper testing and treatment, and failure to recognize a patient’s symptoms due to lack of competence, experience, or attentiveness on the part of the nurse, physician, or other medical professional.  Even though doctors are human and do make mistakes, patients should not have to pay the physical and financial price for those mistakes.

Prior Case Examples

One case we have observed involved a 26-year-old wife, who was also mother to two children.  For safety reasons, she decided to have her wisdom teeth pulled a hospital rather than at the oral surgeon’s office.  The hospital’s suite consisted of eight operating rooms.  A nurse anesthetist administered anesthesia to this patient, but unfortunately, the patient had an allergic reaction to the anesthesia.  Mistakenly believing the patient needed more anesthesia, the nurse administered more powerful anesthesia.  The individual was actually suffering from a cardiac problem, eventually resulting in her death.

The family sued the hospital and anesthesiologist, and the case headed to full trial.  The American Society of Anesthesiologists, at the time, required an anesthesiologist be present in the operating room during important events, including anesthesia administration.  He took the stand that by simply being present at the suite, this requirement of the ASA was satisfied.  The jury disagreed, and sided instead with the patient’s family, and it awarded a substantial amount to them.

In another case, a wife who was also mother to three children became a widow after her husband had elective laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery.  Prior to surgery, he was taking a anti-coagulant medicine for a mild heart condition.  The doctor advised him to stop taking it.  During surgery, the surgeon cut his liver bed, but did not realize it.

After the surgery was completed, the doctor advised this man to resume taking his anti-coagulant medications.  These medications will thin your blood so that it does not clot after surgery.  However, because the man’s liver bed was cut, his medication actually intensified his internal bleeding.

This individual was showing many tell-tale signs of internal bleeding after surgery, and this physician should easily have been able to recognize them.  For whatever reason, the surgeon and cardiologist missed all the signs.  They looked for every other possible cause of this man’s rapidly deteriorating health condition, despite the fact it was a pretty obvious internal bleeding situation.  By the time they caught their mistake, this man died.  He was being prepared in the operating room for a simple procedure that could have saved his life.

In exchange for not admitting fault, the mediation process convinced this doctor to pay out his entire insurance policy limits to the man’s remaining family.  The trial was about to begin, when this doctor came forward and offered a considerable sum of money that would take care of this man’s family for the rest of their lives.

If you or or your loved one has been the victim of a medical diagnostic error or medical malpractice, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.  Call the medical malpractice attorneys at Caputo & Mariotti today at (570) 342-9999, or use our online contact form.  We’re here to help you get the just compensation you deserve.  We also work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us when you receive financial compensation.